`One of Our Aircraft is Missing' begins dramatically with the crash of an RAF Vickers Wellington bomber designated `B-For Bertie', and then flashes back to the events leading thereto. The viewer is introduced to the six members of crew, and learns that they had actually bailed out of their crippled aircraft prior to the crash, landing in Nazi-occupied Holland. The remainder of the story describes their escape back to Britain.
Simple, a bit dry, even stuffy (code for English)but still a good cinematic ride for the time.
May 13, 2011 Subject:
The RAF comes through
Engaging suspense drama about the crew of a Wellington bomber shot down over German-occupied Holland. Produced in 1942, it is a home front morale booster, so allowances can be made if the plot seems a bit farfetched as times. A first rate cast includes Peter Ustinov in the supporting role of a Dutch priest. Outstanding production values and cinematography. Edited by David Lean. Co-directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressbuger, who also turned out the highly regarded "49th Parallel," "The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp" and "Stairway to Heaven," all filmed during WW 2. The Brits were exceptionally good at this genre, and two highly recommended examples are available here at IA, "In Which We Serve" and "We Dive at dawn."
FOOTNOTE: This is the Full-length UK release, however 31/2 minutes are missing from this print. The print quality is good.